Your vehicle's sparkling exterior doesn't just give you a sense of accomplishment, it can even save you money. One of the simplest maintenance tasks drivers can do is also one of the most surprising ways to maintain your vehicle's value.

Harsh weather, damaging pollution, sticky bug splatter, and bright sunlight all take their toll on your vehicle. If you can maintain your exterior with regular washing and waxing, you'll be able to ask a higher price when the time comes to sell your vehicle. Keeping a pot of touch-up paint on hand for the occasional chip in your finish will not only improve its appearance but also stop corrosion.

While it's nice to think of getting more money in the future when you sell your car, you can save money right now by keeping it clean. Your car's exterior is designed to improve fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. Dust and dirt reduce this ability, costing you more money in gas each week. Keep your car clean and you'll reduce your fuel consumption.

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